What’s The Tooth Fairy’s Going Rate?MY VIEWS | Nirasha Jaganath | January 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm
I did not care for learning anything about the Tooth Fairy – we had no concept of this growing up and somehow in my head my kids seemed to young to be losing their baby teeth. Then during breakfast on Sunday (I think) she mentioned her tooth was loose (a little more excitedly than I preferred). I panicked. Did her glass cup hit on her tooth? Hubby was trying to give me the “chill-pill” lecture that it was all normal, and I was thinking that if I needed his opinion I would ask for it (like never).
At the back of my mind I knew it was inevitable, those teeth were going to fall and there was not one darn thing I could do about it. So then I started to feel maybe it was time I wrapped my head around this Tooth Fairy thingy and figured out what I was supposed to dole out. I asked my friends on Facebook and even on the Mommy Niri Facebook page and even on twitter.
Then yesterday morning my 5 (and a half) year old grinned like a Cheshire cat and declare her tooth had fallen out. My first instinct at her toothless smile was let’s see if it will go back in. So now I had to figure this whole Tooth Fairy thing by end of day. So I started consolidating all what I was learning.
Some of what I learned
- The answers ranged from 25c (a quarter) to $10. So that was totally no help.
- Then someone mentioned a bigger amount for the first tooth ($5) and less ($1) for subsequent teeth. I thought ok, maybe I can work that, until someone chimed in about the building up disappointment and the rest of the teeth seeming less important.
- The one that stuck was gold $1 coins.
I was at a belated anniversary dinner last night when I heard about this coins stuff and panic set in as to where to find them (banks were closed at this point) and come hell or high water there had better be something under that pillow. Then my friend Meghan, who had been indulging my hysteria and calmly suggested another idea (I both love and hate, at the same time, how she stays cool and collected). She thought a treasure hunt after school the next day which would buy some time for me to get it.
Sharing this with hubby he calmly (is everyone else, but me, calm about this?) that he had plenty of “gold” $ coins. I was shocked! I mean this was the man who would not find the milk in the fridge if the juice bottle was in front of it, and here was saving the day? And yes, I questioned if he knew what I was talking about and he showed me a pile of them – go figure. We were on the lookout for something else as well – but hubby was insistent that the little sister get something too. I thought that defeated the purpose of making a treat for the older one but he was very sensitive to the little one’s feelings (I guess stemming from middle child syndrome).
So since I loved the idea of the treasure hunt I get excited, write notes with each leading from her bunk bed to various places and each with a clue to the next, ultimately leading to the last note which had the shiny new coin. So as I step in to replace the fallen tooth with the note under her pillow – I could not find the tooth! Now what? I thought crap, can the fairy leave something if she maybe hid the tooth somewhere else?
After my whole fiasco of missing her concert and again last week missing an invitation for her class-mate’s party – I was seriously in the doggie-house. I mean seriously, I couldn’t suck at being a tooth-fairy too,could I? Again I turned to my friends and readers, who seriously are the smartest peeps out there, and brilliance came in a suggestion to leave another note saying though the tooth could not be found, we are leaving a little something and to remember to keep it under her pillow the next night. I liked the suggestions of gold dust to resemble pixie dust but no way was I taking a chance messing the sheets – I just washed those babies (an we all know much I love doing laundry).
So the next morning she excitedly jumped around following clues and was super excited to reach the “gold” dollar, and so The Tooth Fairy scores!